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The 7124 fans in attendance at Gabrovo Arena were roasting in the hot sun. Lê Thái was the appointed referee. After thorough analysis and consultation of astrological charts, Gabrovo decided to go with a 4-4-2 formation. The following players had been selected: Velkov - Angelov, Ribarski, Zografski, Yordanov - Milev, Kirovski, Asenov, Mihaylov - Nikolov, Kolev.

Gentlemen prefer blondes and Torpedo prefers a 2-5-3. Let's see how this plays out for them. They fielded: Ursu - Ardalić, Yochev - Andreasson, Matula, Burgstaller, Zamora, Elliot - Kokkola, Mälkiä, Thatcher.

After 12 minutes, Torpedo's T. Yochev made his way through the middle and nonchalantly placed the ball out of the keeper's reach, putting the visitors up 0 - 1. The home crowd was not impressed when T. Mälkiä came in from the right, shooting hard to score after 14 minutes. Torpedo were now up 0 - 2. Torpedo will have to work out a different routine for indirect free kicks. Though it looked well-rehearsed, their play after 27 minutes was easily anticipated by the opposition and the attackers simply had nowhere to go. L. Thatcher's technique was perfect on this sunny day and led to some beautiful tricks that fooled the defense. T. Yochev increased the visitors' lead by volleying in a pass from the right. 0 - 3. The game had been going for 36 minutes when T. Mälkiä broke through on the right, upping the score to 0 - 4 for Torpedo, much to the home crowd's dismay. At this point, it was obvious that the players of Torpedo lowered the tempo and became more defensively oriented. It was 0 - 4 at the break. Torpedo set the tempo, maintaining 81 percent of possession.

The visitors' T. Mälkiä took advantage of a mix-up between the home side's goalie and center backs 47 minutes into the match. 0 - 5 for Torpedo. At that, T. Mälkiä was noted down for a hattrick! Torpedo's E. Burgstaller received a ball slotted perfectly through the home side's central defense after 58 minutes, and chipped it past the helpless keeper to increase the lead to 0 - 6. The away fans won't regret traveling for this one! The referee showed Torpedo's L. Thatcher the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge. I. Yordanov wasn't much help defensively. His energy-consuming forward runs proved quite costly in the oppressive heat. A swat on the tuchus is all it took to keep Gabrovo's S. Kirovski in the match after injuring his achilles tendon. The ball is in play and we're underway again after 61 minutes have been played. Some fine one-twos on the left led to a Torpedo goal with 74 minutes gone, making it 0 - 7. K. Elliot was noted down as the scorer. After 84 minutes of game time, H. Matula had an excellent opportunity to add to the visitors' lead, hitting a cross from the right with a half volley, but P. Velkov was in the right place and tipped the ball to a corner. After 86 minutes, a mistake by the home side's left defense allowed L. Thatcher to get through. He outclassed the home side's keeper, adding another goal for the visitors. 0 - 8. With 88 minutes gone, Torpedo's L. Thatcher had to leave the game after talking back to the referee and receiving his second booking. Looks like Nate Silver was right again - his prediction that Torpedo would have 85 percent possession in this half was spot on!

Gabrovo's top performer was clearly D. Kolev. Speaking of stinking up the place, B. Asenov sure smelled like the bottom of Batman's shoe after a night of crimefighting in Gotham. T. Mälkiä performed admirably for Torpedo. You can tell it was nickel beer night yesterday at the local bar because T. Yochev seemed to stumble all over the pitch. The match ends 0 - 8.

Rating details

Midfield disastrous (high) poor (very high) 3 12 1/20 3/20
Right defense wretched (high) weak (very low) 7 13 2/20 4/20
Central defense wretched (high) passable (very low) 7 21 2/20 6/20
Left defense wretched (very low) poor (very high) 5 12 2/20 3/20
Right attack wretched (low) weak (low) 6 14 2/20 4/20
Central attack wretched (low) passable (very low) 6 21 2/20 6/20
Left attack wretched (high) weak (high) 7 15 2/20 4/20
Indirect set pieces
Defense poor (very low) weak (low) 9 14 3/20 4/20
Attack poor (low) weak (high) 10 15 3/20 4/20
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Tactic Normal Normal
Tactic skill (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic)


0 - 1  T. Yochev 12'
0 - 2  T. Mälkiä 14'
0 - 3  T. Yochev 32'
0 - 4  T. Mälkiä 36'
0 - 5  T. Mälkiä 47'
0 - 6  E. Burgstaller 58'
0 - 7  K. Elliot 74'
0 - 8  L. Thatcher 86'
1 card accumulated L. Thatcher 59'
Suspended for next match L. Thatcher 88'
Got bruised S. Kirovski 61'



Chance distribution

Home Away
0 10

0 Left attack 1
0 Central attack 3
0 Right attack 5
0 Other 1
0 Special events 0
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Rating details

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Indirect set pieces

Defense poor (very low) weak (low) 9 14 3/20 4/20
Attack poor (low) weak (high) 10 15 3/20 4/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Normal
Tactic skill (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic)

Average ratings

Total player experience wretched (low) inadequate (high) 6 19 2/20 5/20
Average midfield disastrous (high) poor (very high) 3 12 1/20 3/20
Average defense wretched (low) weak (high) 6 15 2/20 4/20
Average attack wretched (low) weak (very high) 6 16 2/20 4/20
Total average wretched (very low) weak (low) 5 14 2/20 4/20


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